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by Cathy



In any dining room, the table is always the center of attention. And if you are like me, you constantly switch out items depending upon the holiday, season or when the urge to redecorate strikes.  Here are a few of my favorite tips on decorating and accessorizing the dining  table year-round:

The Centerpiece: Fresh flowers are a no-brainer (or second choice, a dried floral arrangement). Think outside of the box with an unusual container or perhaps a series of vintage bottles or ginger jars in varying sizes.

If your budget doesn’t allow for fresh flowers every week, an attractive tureen, sculpture or crystal compote stand looks great when flanked by a pair of candlesticks. And you can get mileage from an orchid in a silver bowl!








Add Color: A pop of color to coordinate or contrast will immediately draw the eye. And it’s a great way to tie in your artwork, draperies, and table china. A brightly colored vase or a simple vintage bowl of apples or lemons will do the trick.




It Takes Two: I love pairs – crystal, porcelain, hurricane or corkscrew wooden candlesticks, Chinese blue and white jars, urns or foo dogs are just a few of the things I like to pair on a table.

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The Good China: Life is short, use your “good china” now and set a permanent table setting. Every day can be a special occasion!


Mix instead of match: Don’t be afraid to mix vintage with contemporary as seen with Chinese pottery, contemporary paintings and french antique chairs below.



Think Outside the Box: Look for decorative items that make a statement like this vintage pagoda birdcage below.




A few recommendations from the shops of Ruby Lane:

French Soup Tureen

Victorian Sterling Silver Bowl


Primitive Hand Hewn Bowl


Pair of  Hurricane Candles


19th Century KPM Urns


Pair of Foo Dogs

Pair of Vintage Bronze Gilded Candlesticks

Set of Haviland Monceau China

Copeland Spode Plates


Photo Credits: HGTV, Traditional Home,, House Beautiful, Veranda,

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